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Sheriff's chief deputy: Robbery, attack of man in broken-down vehicle didn't happen


GRANGER TWP. — Authorities say a man admitted that he made up a story about being the victim of an attempted armed robbery earlier this month on state Route 18 near Beach Road.

“We have been investigating that for the last several weeks,” Medina County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Ken Baca said Wednesday.

As the sheriff’s office investigated the incident, reviewing security footage and speaking with witnesses who were in the area, “none of that seemed to collaborate” the man’s story, Baca said.

It was during a second interview with the purported victim that he admitted to falsely saying he was cut Aug. 6 by a black male who asked for a dollar.

Baca said earlier this month that the man told deputies he remained with a broken-down vehicle along the road while his co-worker went to a nearby Sheetz gas station for help when he was approached by a man in his 30s on foot at 11:03 a.m.

Baca said Wednesday it was while the man’s co-worker and their employer went to have a tire repaired at Parrish-McIntyre Tire Co., 1451 Medina Road, that the man made up the incident.

The man told police when he opened his wallet, the suspect pulled out a knife and demanded more money. When the man refused, the suspect cut the man’s arm before running into the woods, Baca said.

The suspect was described as wearing a black shirt, baggy blue jeans and was last seen running south of Route 18 through the field into the woods.

In addition to the Medina County Sheriff’s Office and Montville Township police, the Medina post of the Ohio Highway Patrol participated in a search with its canines and a drone.

“He wasn’t looking forward to going to work that day,” Baca said of the man and his story.

Baca said that no formal charges have been filed as of Wednesday.

“They are finishing up the reports and forwarding them to the county prosecutor,” Baca said.

Contact reporter Nathan Havenner at (330) 721-4050 or nhavenner@medina-gazette.com.

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